Direction Aline Kuppenheim and Teatro y su Doble
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By Teatro y su Doble
Directed by Aline Kuppenheim
Country: Chile
Discipline: Puppet theater
Duration: 32 minutes
Recommended for: General public

This new play by Teatro y su Doble uses a story by Mexican writer Juan Villoro to talk about issues like solidarity and the team work needed to build democracy. The president has a coat with 24 pockets that he never takes off, even when it’s hot. Not even his closest advisors know about the secret he keeps in one of these pockets: a little hamster called Genaro III, who can be either cute or fickle and grumpy. The head of state has appointed this hamster as his private secretary because he helps him make decisions and keeps him awake during long, boring meetings.

When the president decides to ban candy in the country, a smart little boy called Ruy decides to take part in the protests that occur. He finds out all about the hamster and the news hits the headlines. What happens afterwards will change both his life and that of his family, as well as the destiny of the country.

DIRECTOR

Aline Kuppenheim With a long career in film, television and theater, this actress, theater director, illustrator and visual artist (Barcelona, 1969) has dedicated her life to theater for more than a decade. In 2005, she founded Teatro y su Doble (formerly Teatro Milagros), with whom she has created touching puppet plays aimed at both infant and adult audiences, using intricate puppets she and her team have made. She has also had starring roles in movies (Machuca, Una mujer fantástica) and important TV series, such as Ecos del desierto, Prófugos and Bala loca.

DIRECTION

Teatro y su Doble Fue creada en 2005 como Teatro Milagros: un espacio de experimentación y búsqueda de nuevos lenguajes y diversas herramientas teatrales, donde la figura del muñeco fue cada vez tomando más fuerza. En sus obras, los actores-manipuladores están al servicio del objeto teatral, logrando transmitir el texto y despertar emociones a través de la ilusión de vida de los muñecos, y la disposición del espectador de entregarse a una mirada subjetiva. La compañía ya ha puesto en escena otras destacadas obras, como El Capote, Pedro y el lobo, Sobre la cuerda floja y Feos, estas tres últimas también coproducciones de Fundación Teatro a Mil.

DRAMATURGY

Juan Villoro Born in Mexico in 1956, this outstanding writer and essayist is the author of multiple novels, stories, columns, theater plays, movie scripts, translations and essays. Among his books are El testigo (winner of the Herralde award in 2004) and Llamadas de Ámsterdam (2007). He is one of Mexico’s most important writers, winning the Manuel Rojas award in 2018, one of the most prestigious prizes in the Spanish-speaking world. He started writing for theater aged 14, but his work only saw the light of day after he turned 50.

TECHNICAL INFO

Written by: Juan Villoro | Company: Teatro y su Doble | Cast: Aline Kuppenheim, Loreto Moya, Catalina Bize, Ricardo Parraguez, Camila Cuesta | Director, general designer and audiovisual producer: Aline Kuppenheim | Coproduced by: the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

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Andrés García andres@fundacionteatroamil.cl